Before Nintendo released the Switch in 2017, their most recent portable gaming device was the Wii U, which included some pretty classic games. That’s why it’s great we get to see the majority of them remastered and playable on the Nintendo Switch. However, five years after its release, there are still a few games that haven’t been remastered; some of which we’d love the opportunity to play again. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the five Wii U games that we feel are long overdue for getting a remastered version on the Switch.
After all, we’ve only been waiting five years, so we might as well make our case while the window of opportunity is still open. Which, given Nintendo’s track record of remastering old classic titles years later, could be a longer one than we expect. So if there’s still hope for Wii U games getting remastered on the Nintendo Switch, these are the games we feel should get the priority seating.
5. Star Fox Zero
This may be an unpopular opinion to kick off the list, but we’d love to see Star Fox Zero remastered for Switch. Even though many people didn’t like this entry, you’d be surprised at how many people did, including us. What’s not to like? It’s got the classic spacecraft and space tank gameplay and an original story. On the contrary, you could argue the motion controls for the gameplay were, somewhat invigorating, but that can be fixed for the Switch. We’re actually begging Nintendo for the option to turn those off so we can aim properly.
Nonetheless, Star Fox Zero was a fun game. The maps were unique and it always felt like you could masterfully move around them. The levels also included some unique combat that was fun to battle our way through. You may be in disagreement with these points, but we strongly feel the Wii U game is deserving of a remaster for the Nintendo Switch.
4. Yoshi’s Wooly World
Everybody has their favorite side character from the Mario Universe. And one person who is definitely up there for us is none other than Yoshi. I mean come on, the adorable dinosaur stole everyone’s hearts as soon as got introduced in Super Mario World. This was only reinforced by the love the prequel, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island received. And while we aren’t comparing Yoshi’s Wooly World to that by any means, the game still was a notable addition.
The game’s yarn artsy style and gameplay were both unique and visually appealing. To go along with it, the levels featured the classic platforming gameplay we love about the Mario Universe games. Which is made even more enjoyable when played with a friend, something the Nintendo Switch specifically advertised itself for; accessible for playing with a group of friends. That’s why we’re shocked the Wii U game has yet to be remastered for the Nintendo Switch.
3. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD
Okay, here’s one you’ll definitely be in agreement with, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD. Since we’ve already got Skyward Sword HD on Switch, why not bring back the game’s predecessor? With that, they might as well bring back Wind Waker HD. Which we do argue in our second spot, but let’s get back to the point.
For many Zelda fans out there, Twilight Princess is at the top of the list for their favorite Zelda game. That’s why, in 2016, many of us were ecstatic to be able to play the HD remastered version of it on our Wii U. And we’d bet our top dollar that fans would also love to replay the game just once more on the Nintendo Switch. After all, Nintendo’s systems and games practically thrive off nostalgia, and the Zelda series is no exception. It’s a timeless classic, especially this game.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Personally, we have Wind Waker HD ahead of Twilight Princess HD, but it really could go both ways. This, evidently is why we have both games next to each other on this list. But for us, there was something about Wind Waker HD’s bold visual redesign that we couldn’t help and adore. It truly felt like an enhanced addition to the Zelda series that didn’t deviate from its style or feel. A similar experience we got with Breath of the Wild on Switch when it was first released.
Ironically, another reason we enjoy Wind Waker HD is the same reason we enjoyed Twilight Princess HD – the characters and story. Those two factors are typically the defining reasons why Zelda fans prefer one game over the other, with players who prefer “darker” themes preferring Twilight Princess HD. Nonetheless, both games featured likable characters who contributed to an emotional and impactful story.
At the end of the day, we just want both, if not one, of these Wii U games remastered for Switch. But, if they do happen to remaster one, why not go the extra mile and remaster both, right?
1. Xenoblade Chronicles X
Xenoblade Chronicles X is at the top of our list, and we’re sure it’s on many of yours as well. This is without a doubt one of the biggest and best games to hit the Wii U. Which really has us scratching our head as to why it’s not remastered for the Switch yet. There’s no sense as to why this game shouldn’t be remastered for Switch since it would effectively complete the series.
Because Xenoblade Chronicles X isn’t an addition to the main series, you could argue that the series is “already complete for Switch.” However, for us and many others, the original series would be incomplete without this game. But it seems unlikely considering they’ve been hard at work on Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for the Nintendo Switch. However, with its release today, they now have some time to potentially complete the set by remastering this game. We have high hopes, but our number one pick is also starting to feel like our most improbable.